Printed on silk (from a series )



A Short History Of The Cummerbund

Cummerbund entered the English language in 1616- as a word it has its origins in the Persian word for waist – karmar.

As is so often the case in the history of men’s style, the fashion for cummerbunds was launched by the military. British officers based on the Indian sub-continent adopted them as alternatives to waistcoats (vests in U.S parlance).

(above) An Indian Musalman Captain of the 19th K.G.O Lancers in full ceremonial dress with cummerbund.

The common design for cummerbunds more resembles a sash than a waistcoat , but in this fine example…

…from Bernard Weatherill of Savile Row ( dating from 1964) we can clearly see the waistcoats origins of the garment shining through. This example of the genre is not only stylish but practical.

Sam Bompas of Bompas & Parr

From an interview in The Guardian On Sunday.


“Tweedland” The Gentleman’s club


There’s a chap who virtually dresses me at a shop called Hornets. It’s a second-hand gent’s clothing shop in Kensington Church Walk. Full of Saville Row suits, and weird and wonderful military dress jackets. The shoes have  been resoled so many times, I’ve probably paid five times as much in repairs, as I did originally. They’re from Hornets, they’re Carville. The company strapline is ” The shop for the amorous man” which is slightly creepy. Clothes are a mechanism of communication–people are adept at reading clothes,and you can manipulate that. Wear a bicorn hat or a hussars jacket to a party, and everyone will pay attenton; My style icon is Toad from The Wind in The Willows. Sam Bompass.

Bompas & Parr